SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- University High School leaders prepared all day Sunday and Monday morning to help students deal with their grief over a fatal crash involving their classmates.
Two teenage girls died and a teenage boy was critically injured after the car they were traveling in hit a tree Saturday night near the intersection of Ponderosa and Bates. According to the assistant principal of U-High, all three were sophomores at the school.
"Definitely a tough day for our team," said Assistant Principal Ken VanSickle after addressing the high school’s soccer team Sunday morning.
"When you lose a team member it's devastating. It was very difficult for our girls this morning to try to come to grips with what happened.”
VanSickle said the two girls killed in the crash played soccer last year. One, he said, was still part of the varsity soccer team.
"That's a call you don't want to have,” VanSickle said. “My thoughts were with the victims and the families involved."
The assistant principal spent Sunday briefing University High staff on the wreck and lining up counselors for Monday. VanSickle said each teacher would have a discussion in class and help would be available from across the district.
"Our sophomore class is a very tight class so we know this is going to make a huge impact."
Meanwhile, the school held a candlelight vigil at the school football field Sunday evening at 7:30 that was attended by hundreds of people. Several counselors were on hand at the vigil as well.